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6 Things You’ll Need for Your College Dorm Room

DormRoomGoing to college is an exciting time in anyone’s life. It’s a time of new opportunities and individual experiences. However, no matter how individual the experience, the dorm rooms always start exactly the same. Once you see what is already in your dorm room, it’s time to decorate it. Here are some great ideas on what everyone should have in their dorm rooms.


The bed will take up the most space in the room, so you want to ensure it’s attractive. Great bedding can give the room that cozy feel.  Also, you want to buy many decorative and practical pillows. This way, you can use your bed as a daybed sofa by lining pillows up against the back. Comforters and pillows are also an excellent way to add pop to an otherwise drab room.


These days, more students are deciding not to bring a TV to the dorms. However, the right TV can also double as second monitor while taking up very little additional space. Choosing a TV that can plugged into the laptop allows the student to enjoy all that the modern world has to offer, whether it’s typing a report on a bigger screen or just watching movies online.

Wall Art

Wall art gives your student a chance to express themselves. Gone are the posters of yesteryear. Thanks to the invention of sticky back putty, there are easy ways to hang up real pictures or artistic elements without the need to drill into the wooden or brick walls. This ‘museum putty’, as it’s sometimes called, is clear and leaves no residue once removed.

A Small Comfy Chair

Sometimes, a student doesn’t want to sit on the bed or in one of the hard student chairs. A small comfy chair is recommended, however, it shouldn’t be a furniture type chair. Instead, opt for a camp chair, beanbag chair or gaming chair. These chairs have a very small footprint, and can be moved around easily.


Rugs serve double duty; not only do they allow your student to express themselves, they also hide what is usually a very unattractive floor. If the dorm room has a hard floor, a rug also saves the student from walking on a cold floor at 3am. There are many different types of rugs, from giant area rugs all the way to little throw rugs. Since you’re not limited to only one rug in a room, there’s lots of fun to be had decorating with rugs.

Window Coverings

Draperies that block light are very important for dorm rooms. Getting enough sleep is important to doing well in college. Light blocking shades are a real benefit when you were up all night studying or having fun with friends. Fortunately, the Shade Store has many window treatments heavy enough to block light while still being unobtrusive enough to make the room seem open.

Though all dorm rooms start out the same, there’s no reason for them to stay that way. For the next 4 years, this will be your student’s home away from home as they transition to adulthood. Helping them outfit it well is the first step on their college career.

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3 Responses to “6 Things You’ll Need for Your College Dorm Room”

  1. Great advice, dorms are small and you don’t want to bring too much but there are certain things that you just need to bring!

  2. Andrew says:

    Don’t forget the computer! A good laptop will be essential to getting through college.

  3. andrew says:

    Oddly enough a rug is a very important thing to remember and so is a chair. You can’t spend the entire evening studying in your bed. 🙂